Wednesday, March 23, 2011

When the Women Come Out to Dance

Elmore Leonard reading his short story "When the Women Come Out to Dance" at Butler University in Indianapolis as part of the Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers series on December, 5, 2010:



This story is the "title track" of a book of short stories that was published in 2002. The collection includes "Fire in the Hole," the story that the current TV show Justified is based on (the character Raylan Givens also appeared in the novels Pronto and Riding the Rap) and a four page story called "Hanging Out at the Buena Vista" that's always made me think of Raymond Carver's short stories.

4 comments:

Robert Carraher said...

Loved this collection,guess I ight have to watch TV again.

Dana King said...

That's a great collection. I bought it for my mother's birthday when it came out, and took it off her shelf and read it (again) a year or so ago on a visit. Not a bad story in the bunch.

John McFetridge said...

I have a friend who likes to casually point out he's seen the Rolling Stones live three times, "But not since Mick turned 30."

I've seen Elmore Leonard live three times but only after he turned 75. In this clip he's 85 years old and stands on stage and reads for over half an hour. From a story he wrote when he was 77.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I've seen him in person once (a year ago) and he puts on a pretty good show. He can talk longer and better than people half his age. You have to drag him off the stage in fact.
Norman Mailer was the same way when we saw him shortly before his death.